Vital Stats

Working of State Assemblies

How often do our State Assemblies meet? Do MLAs get enough opportunity to scrutinize Bills? Are all budget demands discussed on the floor of the House? PRS studied the work done by 13 State Assemblies over the past 10 years. We present some...

Parliament in Monsoon Session 2011

The Monsoon Session of Parliament saw several uncommon events – a gesture by the Lok Sabha to Anna Hazare, a discussion on the issues raised by Anna Hazare on the Lok Pal Bill and the impeachment motion against Justice Soumitra Sen in Rajya Sabha...

Parliament in Budget Session 2011

The Budget Session of Parliament began on a positive note, with the government and the opposition arriving at a consensus on key issues such as the formation of a JPC. However, by the second week, both Houses saw frequent disruptions. 

The...

Parliament in Winter Session 2010

Most sessions of Parliament in the recent past have started off with disruptions on some issues that a section of MPs felt agitated about. However, in each case, Parliament managed to find a way of evolving a consensus. This session has been...

Higher Education in India: 2010

The 18 to 23 age segment forms the core of India’s future manpower. In 2004-05, about one-eighth of the population in this age group had enrolled themselves for courses in higher education.  This figure was a fraction of the average enrolment...

How much does India pay its legislators?: 2010

Parliament passed the ‘Salary, Allowances and Pensions of MPs’ Bill on the last day of its sitting during the Monsoon session this year. With this, the base salary of an MP has increased from Rs 16,000 to Rs 50,000 per month. This has been...

MP participation in Monsoon Session 2010

Though both Houses lost significant amount of time to disruptions, this session saw wide participation from across the spectrum. In all, 86% of all MPs contributed to the work in Parliament, either through debates, questions or private members’...

Parliament in Monsoon Session 2010

The Monsoon Session of Parliament ended on August 31, 2010, after it was extended by two days.  Though both Houses lost significant amount of time due to disruptions, they made up much of the lost time by sitting late and working for two extra...

MP Participation in Budget Session 2010

Parliament met for the Budget Session between 22nd February and 7th May with a one month recess beginning in mid-March.  Apart from budget discussions, the session also saw debates on several major issues such as price rise, phone tapping and...

Parliament in Budget Session 2010

Parliament met for the Budget Session between 22nd February and 7th May with a one month recess beginning in mid-March.  Apart from budget discussions, the session saw debates on several major issues such as price rise, phone tapping and naxalism...